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The Mansfield Hotel
12 W. 44th St. (near Fifth Avenue)
Our Rating Neighborhood Times Square & Midtown West Transportation Subway B, D, F, M to 42nd St/Bryant Park Phone 212/277-8724 Prices $103–$288 double room Units 72 units Amenities Breakfast in library, bar, fitness center, Wi-Fi (free) Web site The Mansfield Hotel
Built in 1903 as a gentleman’s club, the Mansfield has a gentility to it that’s not common in New York City. Entry is through a Belle Époque lobby (with soaring ceilings and lots of carved stone), past a clubby library that serves as a parlor for guests—lots of polished wood, plaid couches, and a roaring fire come winter. Remember that gentlemen (and ladies) were smaller back in the day, and their rooms followed suit. They are quiet and old-fashioned in their décor and amenities—lots of browns, wood, and the heating is via radiator which means it’s either on or off, and rooms can get hot in winter. If you book with the hotel directly, it will throw in free breakfast and match any price you find on the internet. A bar and large, two-story gym completes the amenities. The hotel is within walking distance of Times Square.